I saw Ghostbusters on the big screen for the first time this weekend. The larger scale made it easier to look past the foreground and appreciate some of the more subtle things happening off to the side. First, we have the housekeeper trying to extinguish flames with a spray bottle:
And easily my favorite of all is Rick Moranis mimicking Harold Ramis:
I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realized the more fun I had, the better I did it. And I thought, that’s a job I could be proud of. It’s changed my life learning that, and it’s made me better at what I do.
I highly recommend reading Cap Watkins’s post, The Boring Designer. Here are a couple of my favorite bits:
The boring designer realizes that the glory isn’t in putting their personal stamp on everything they touch. In fact, most of the time, it’s about leaving no trace of themselves. The boring designer loves consistency. The boring designer loves a style guide.
Sometimes that means re-skinning a UI and making some light design/copy changes to enable the engineering team to focus on making the page loads lightning fast. Other times it means taking a V1 idea and making it a V2 or V3 idea in order to prioritize other features. Whatever the case, the boring designer supports the team and doubles down on the plan.